Bluey Is The Perfect Kids’ Show That Is Also Driving Parents Nuts

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Bluey is perhaps the best children’s television program currently available outside of late 1970s episodes of Sesame Street on HBO Max.

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It is unlike almost anything else on children’s television anywhere in the world and deserves all the praise it receives.

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It pulls back the curtain on a certain kind of creative upper-middle-class childhood to show that the only way a kid can have a magical day of play while a team of adults are furiously sweating offstage.

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It’s gentle and funny but gives a surprisingly warts-and-all version of parenthood, making it, in some ways, the Seinfeld of kids’ TV. And now, Season 3 is finally coming to Disney+ on Aug. 10.

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And yet, among all the praise, there’s a subtle backlash bubbling.

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The first is simply logistics. Most episodes of Bluey are about seven to nine minutes long.

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This is great for recommended screentime limits from most health professionals but makes it a terrible and useless thing to put on the TV when you’re hoping to have your child settle down and watch some TV so you can maybe

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In a fantastically insightful piece — the same piece that called it “the best kids’ show of our time”

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Vulture’s Kathryn VanArendonk writes of watching the show and feeling “envy and longing and a touch of shame.

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It often leaves me feeling as though I come up short.” Journalist Alex Pareene half-jokingly wrote that the show